Update On Rail-Trails In Cherokee County

10/24/2013 06:39

Steve and Cathy Bolek of Baxter Springs are in the process of refining their proposal to develop a network of trails in Cherokee County. Phase I would now encompass creating a two-mile loop trail primarily using two abandoned rail corridors within Baxter Springs. It would also involve building a trail from the high school to the museum. Phase II could be extending the loop trail north and east toward Galena. The couple decided that something had to be done after discovering that after moving to Baxter Springs from Springfield, Missouri, they had gained extra weight because recreational trails aren’t available in the community of about 4,500. So, they have decided to take action. Cathy, a former school counselor, knows how to write grant proposals and Steve, a former realtor, knows how to fundraise. Their start-up group has become a division of Sunflower Rail-Trails Conservancy which already has 501(c)(3) status and has considerable experience in developing rail-trails.  story courtesy of  www.kansascyclist.com